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Last Czech troops from Iraq awarded

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Prague, March 10 (CTK) – Four military instructors, who were the Czech last
soldiers in Iraq, were Tuesday awarded For the Service Abroad medal, general
staff told CTK.

The four men returned to the Czech Republic on February 27.

After almost six years, Czech military presence in Iraq within a coalition
led by the USA has ended.

Over 2300 men and women in the Czech military alternately served in Iraq.

The last four instructors worked in Bagdad where they helped train Iraqi
soldiers, commanders in particular.

“For all members of the contingent, the mission was an invaluable
experience and contribution to further work in the military,” Commander
Zbynek Janecka said.

Czech military participation in Iraq started in 2003 with the presence of
military health personnel in Basra in which a military hospital was

The health personnel was later replaced with the military police who
trained over 12,000 Iraqi police at the base in Shaiba.

Other Czech soldiers helped protect a base near the airport in Basra and
later started the training of Iraqi military in Bagdad.

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